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#90 “Heavy” July 11, 2014

by Grape Stomper Todd on July 11, 2014

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Spinks

TODDCAST EPISODE 90: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

WINE WORD OF THE DAY

(Opener)  Jill, I drove all day today and I’m feeling a little punchy

 

Greetings from the road Moonstoners, today is July 11th  and we say happy birthday to Leon Spinks.  Neon Leon, as he was called, became the Heavyweight Champion when he beat Muhammad Ali back in 1978 in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.  He kept the title for just 7 months, when it was reclaimed by Ali in an unapproved rematch.

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:   Heavy

A wine is considered “heavy” if it is out of balance, when the alcohol is too high for the low acidity of the wine.

Where did you get this from, Jill?  I always think of “Heavy” as being a “body” term.  Like a light body, medium body or heavy body wine. Light body wines are like water, and heavy body wines are like whole milk.  So, in my mind, I think of “heavy” as the weight or the viscosity of the wine as it feels on the palate. Sorry, I just had to weigh in here with my own opinion!

For transcripts, links and more toddcasts go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd.  If you have any suggestions for more words, historical facts or tips on how I can float like a butterfly and sting like a bee, please send emails to, info@moonstonecellars.com.

And until next time, Cheers to you!

 

TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

 

Birthdays

Phillip or Maggie Abel

 

Wineries along the road

August 16th Garden Party in Los Osos!

 

BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS

What about us, Jerry?

http://www.sacbee.com/2014/07/08/6541990/jerry-brown-signs-bill-allowing.html

 

Was this necessary?

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/07/120-truffle-beer-comes-to-ny/

 

This was bound to happen.

http://kitchenette.jezebel.com/prepare-yourself-game-of-thrones-wine-is-coming-1600836497

 

Safety first, kids.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/food/coravin-creates-sleeve-to-address-bottle-breakage-problems/2014/07/07/a9f1d39a-0146-11e4-8572-4b1b969b6322_story.html

 

HAMMERED HOROSCOPE

Home-loving Cancer, you are just not feeling it this week.  Your energy is low, your motivation dwindling.  But it’s not a big deal.  It’s the perfect time to open a fine bottle of red wine.  You are in the right mood to let it breathe a bit, since you don’t really have the drive to use an aerator.  So open it, sit down, let the world move at its own pace.

 

ALCOHOL TRIVIA

Scientists have discovered a cloud of alcohol in outer space.  It contains enough alcohol to make four trillion-trillion drinks, free for the taking.  But before you start planning your next party, you should know that the cloud is over 10,000 light years from Earth.

 

ASK GRAPESTOMPER TODD

How will the drought affect this year’s harvest?

CREDITS

Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)

Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd

 

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#89 “Bonds” July 4, 2014

by Grape Stomper Todd on July 3, 2014

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img_04TODDCAST EPISODE 89: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

WINE WORD OF THE DAY 

Greetings revelers, it’s the 4th of July,but before the fireworks go off, let’s say happy birthday to  one of the most infamous bond traders in history, Michael Milken. Known as the King of the junk bonds, Milken spent 22 months in prison and was fined $600 million, which is pocket change, for his part in racketeering and securities fraud.  But despite his prison record and questionable business practices, he is known for his numerous charitable foundations and his extensive contribution to medical research, specifically in the area of prostate cancer, which he has had, so it might be a bit self-serving.  But he does what he can, because his wealth is estimated to be over 2 billion.  

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:   Bonds

We are not talking about 10-year US Treasury Bonds, or corporate debt. Nope, we are talking about bonded wineries.

Have you ever heard the term, “bonded winery”? Every winery in the US, by law, must have a bond.  But this kind of bond is actually an insurance policy.

What is the insurance for? It’s a policy to make sure the winery pays it excise taxes.

Wineries must pay excise taxes (anywhere from $1.07 to $3.40 a gallon) for the wine they produce. And they must pay for a bond (a kind of insurance policy) just in case the winery goes broke and can’t pay its taxes. 

Thus, if a meteor hits my winery tomorrow and all my life-savings were lost…Uncle Sam would still get his tax money.

For transcripts, links and more Toddcasts, go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd.  If you have any suggestions for more words, historical facts or tips on how I can patch up this old car of mine with bondo,  please send emails to info@moonstonecellars.com.

And until next time…Cheers to you! 


TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room) 

Birthdays
John Turner

4th of July in Shamel Park

August 16th garden party in Los Osos


BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS 

It’s a miracle!

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://gizmodo.com/the-miracle-stick-that-makes-wine-taste-better-in-secon-1593446275

Stop thief!  That was a good year!

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/06/man-found-helping-himself-to-wine-in-someone-elses-kitchen/

The doctor is in. 

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2661296/The-cardiologist-prescribes-RED-WINE-Doctor-claims-two-glasses-day-halve-risk-heart-attack.html

Parent of the year.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://shanghaiist.com/2014/06/24/2-year-old_kid_loves_drinking_alcoh.php

Buzz…then nap. 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/06/27/coffee-wine-in-can/11450095/

I need to make an appointment with this guy.  

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20140630/nolita/dentists-offer-free-wine-take-edge-off-visits

HAMMERED HOROSCOPE
Cancer, it’s time to take the reins and finish what you started.  That wine cellar is not going to build itself.  You might think you have lost momentum, but knowing you have properly stored those Bordeaux’s will make the pleasure even sweeter once they are open.  In fact, be aggressive! Go for the VinoTemp 160-bottle dual-zone wine refridgerator complete with the fur storage compartment.  This will show your wine-snob friends that you mean business!

ALCOHOL TRIVIA
Put a cork in it.  Did you know that a cork oak is typically between 25 and 30 years old before it can be harvested the first time?  Subsequent harvests can be done approximately every 9 years.  And Portugal is home to the largest cork tree in the world. That one tree brings in over a ton of raw cork each time it is harvested.  That’s enough to cork 100,000 bottles.

ASK GRAPE STOMPER TODD
What’s the deal with all the ribbons and awards?

CREDITS
Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)
Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd

 

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#88 “Settling” June 13, 2014

June 12, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 88: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:   WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is Friday the 13th.  And on this day in 2005, just down the road from us in Santa Maria, a jury acquitted Michael Jackson of all charges in a scandalous case where Michael was accused of […]

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#87 “Press” June 6, 2014

June 6, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 87: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is June 6th and we’re finally back!     But first, on this day in 2006, we lost legendary musician Billy Preston.  Preston was a child prodigy. By the tender age of 10, he was  playing gospel […]

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#86 “DNA” April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 86: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is April 25.  And I bet you didn’t know that today is DNA Day! DNA Day is a holiday celebrated on April 25. It commemorates the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind […]

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#85 “Persistence” April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 85: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY    Greetings Moonstoners, today is April 18th.  And on this day in 1981, two Triple A teams in Rhode Island would begin what was to become the longest professional baseball game ever played.  The Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester […]

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#84 “Soft” April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 84: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY  Q: What if Bill Gates had a dime for every time Windows crashed…  A: Oh, wait a minute, he already does!*  Greetings Moonstoners, today is April 4th.  And on this day in 1975, two precocious kids in Albuquerque, New Mexico, […]

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#83 “Musky”, March 28, 2014

March 28, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 83: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY  Greetings Moonstoners, today is March 28th. And on this day in 1914, Edmund Muskie was born.   Having lived in Maine for a while, I remember Muskie.  From 1955 to 1959, he served as Governor of Maine, and was voted […]

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#82 “Semi-Generic” March 21, 2014

March 20, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 82: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY    Greetings Moonstoners, Today is March 21st and today we say Happy Birthday to Julio Gallo (1910).  Julio and his brother, Ernest, founded E & J Winery in 1933.  Today they are the largest exporters of California wines and the […]

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#81 March 14, 2014

March 14, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 81: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY  Hello Everybody and today is March 14th.   And on this day…well, there’s a lot to talk about this day. For instance, today is Pi Day!  That’s right, your favorite math geek will probably remind you that today is 3.14 […]

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